Archive for Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bulldog Bash set for home opener Sept. 4

Guest Column

August 6, 2009

As a new school year and football season approach, it is time once again to be thinking about the Bulldog Bash. This is our annual community-wide tailgate party and fundraiser for groups in the Baldwin School District.

This year’s Bash will be on Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. in the green space just northwest of Liston Stadium. Food will be served from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., or until it runs out. The Baldwin High School Bulldogs will be hosting the Paola Panthers. I’m told that opposing teams dread coming here during the Bash. Roughly 1,000 fans are gathered to kick off the new football season.

The Bash was started back in 2000 as a fundraiser to start the football program at Baldwin Junior High School. It was a smashing success and raised enough money to fund the program for three years. After the first year, groups within the school district have benefited from the Bash by selling tickets for their organizations. This includes sports teams, bands and various groups through the district.

The Bash was started by Rick Weaver, head basketball coach at Baker University, and a group of local parents. Rick was the driving force behind the Bash for eight years. In 2008, Rick turned over the reins to the Baldwin High School Booster Club.

This year, the booster officers and other volunteers will be presenting the 10th annual Bash. I just happened to be one of those volunteers. Because I work at a newspaper, someone thought I had some ability to write a column about the Bash for the next four weeks. My intention is to provide you with some interesting stories surrounding the Bash and the number of folks that have benefited from this community-wide tailgate. I may add a story or two of my personal experiences in Baldwin City and the Bash.

But first I need to let you know about a few changes for this year’s Bash. We’re all tired of hearing about our economy, but it is a reality that we have to deal with. The committee was very concerned about this. They also wanted to continue this great tradition of the Bash that was started for a noble cause and has benefited a great number of students in Baldwin City.

We wanted to keep the spirit of the Bash but also were required to make adjustments for the current state of things. The menu is changed slightly and will include hot dogs, chips and bottled water. The ticket price has been reduced from $25 to $20 per family. (How about that?)

Any groups within the school district will keep $10 from each ticket sold. This is still a good deal for everyone involved. You can feed your family and enjoy the home opening ball game for $20. (I can’t take my family to any fast food chain for $20, much less entertain them.) At the same time, you will be supporting the organization of your choice in Baldwin.

We’ll have games for the kids, raffle off prizes and cheer on the team as they walk into Liston Stadium.

We’re still in need of volunteers and we’ll gladly accept donations. Please e-mail me at eciambrone@ljworld.com if you are interested.

Tickets are available from Santa Fe Market and teams and organizations within the school district.

Watch for my column next week, where I will be highlighting a few of the players who benefited from the first Bash back in 2000.

Comments

Torch 5 years ago

I'll never forget Rick's 'Special Guest' at the first bash - one of his players dressed up as Elvis. Was a lot of hard work but really paid off for establishing junior high football in Baldwin for the first time in its history. Well done Rick!

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